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Island of Korcula

The island of Korcula is believed to be the birthplace of the famous world explorer Marco Polo. Rich in picturesque little villages, lush vineyards and olive groves, and idyllic quiet coves and scenic bays, Korcula is a Croatian island that you very much need to discover for yourself. The 6th largest Adriatic island stretches out over 47km in length and boasts dense and dark pine forests and sun-bleached sandy beaches. The original Greek settlers on the island of Korcula named this beauty spot Korkyra Melaina (meaning black Corfu).

The heart of Korcula is its small and fortified Old Town, which was once ruled by the Venetians. The outer defensive walls of the town serve as a promenade, and offer breathtaking views of the Pelješac peninsula. Korcula Town is steeped in history, heritage and tradition. It’s not unusual to discover the sight of ancient religious ceremonies, folk music performances and colourful dances taking place on the streets. Take a wander along the narrow, winding alleyways and explore the ingenious layout of the fish bone patterned streets in the medieval town.

The vineyards that are studded all over Korcula cultivate the indigenous grape pošip, which is widely used to make the best wines in Croatia. Join a wine tasting tour to sample the high quality wines, and learn about the island’s winemaking tradition. On guided tours, day trips and expeditions, you can easily explore charming villages, little towns and neighbouring islands. Visit Vela Luka to admire the stunning natural attraction of Vela Spila. Sail away to secluded coves, where you can sunbathe and swim in privacy. Or hop aboard the ferry for a return trip to Brac, Hvar, Mljet, Solta or Vis. On your exciting Croatia cruise adventure you will discover why Korcula is one of the most popular south Dalmatia destinations.

Korcula At A Glance

How to get there: Ferry, catamaran or private boat

Population of Korcula:
5,663

What to See in Korcula:
Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, visit the alleged birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo, visit the quiet villages of Pupnat, Vela Luka & Lumbarda

Towns or islands to visit near Korcula: Hvar, Mljet National Park, Lastovo

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Cruises to Korcula

  • 7 Night Signature Dubrovnik to Split Cruise

    Discover the breathtaking Dalmatian coast from beautiful Dubrovnik to stunning Split. Enjoy the...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,795
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Signature Split to Dubrovnik Cruise

    A luxurious cruise on a brand new SIGNATURE ship from Split to Dubrovnik, enjoying stops in Sibenik...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,795
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Signature Opatija to Dubrovnik Cruise

    Explore the full length of the stunning Croatian coast on this Signature one-way cruise from Opatija...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,895
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Signature Dubrovnik to Opatija Cruise

    Explore the full length of the magnificent Croatian coast from Dubrovnik to Opatija. Enjoy a highly...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,895
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Croatia Game of Thrones Cruise

    A unique hand-crafted ‘Game of Thrones’ cruise, visiting the filming locations of this magical...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,895
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Deluxe Split to Dubrovnik Cruise

    Deluxe cruise from Split to Dubrovnik enjoying overnight stops at Trogir, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Slano
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,595
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Deluxe Cruise from Split

    Deluxe return cruise from Split enjoying overnight stops in Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet National...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,595
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch
  • 7 Night Deluxe Dubrovnik to Split Cruise

    Discover the breathtaking Dalmatian coast from the UNESCO listed walled city of Dubrovnik to magnificent...
    • 7 nights
    • Price From: £1,595
    • Board: Breakfast & Lunch

Twin & Multi-Centre Holidays to Korcula

  • Korcula & Dubrovnik Twin Centre Holiday

    Recommended for: Culture vultures, food and wine lovers, secluded beaches and authentic Croatian
    • 7, 10, 14 nights
    • Price From: £895
    • Board: B&B
  • Dubrovnik, Korcula and Split Multi Centre Holiday

    3 nights in Split, 4 nights in Korcula and 3 nights in Dubrovnik in 4 star hotels on a B&B basis
    • 7, 10, 14 nights
    • Price From: £995
    • Board: B&B
  • Split, Hvar, Korcula & Dubrovnik Multi Centre Holiday

    Enjoy 2 nights in Split, 3 nights in Hvar, 2 nights in peaceful Korcula, & 3 nights in fascinating...
    • 7, 10, 14 nights
    • Price From: £1,195
    • Board: B&B

Things to do in Korcula

  • Korcula Old Town

    Lose Yourself In The Enchanting Old Town

    The medieval Old Town of Korcula is the perfect place in which to temporarily lose yourself. The narrow streets feature a unique fishbone pattern layout that allows cool air to circulate freely in the balmy summer, and prevents winds chilling the houses in the winter. Take a wander through the passageways, and discover the house where the famous world explorer Marco Polo once lived. You can also visit the main square and St Mark’s cathedral.

  • Explore Korcula

    Visit Vela Luka

    The charming little town of Vela Luka is situated in a sheltered bay on the west side of the island. The town’s most popular attraction is undoubtedly Vela Spila (Great Cave). The sea-facing limestone cavern fills up with atmospheric light as the sun filters through the holes in its roof. You can also explore the beautiful serene beaches of Proizd, and meander your way through lush olive groves to the abandoned fortress on Hum hill.

  • Beaches near Korcula

    Explore Charming Neighbouring Islands

    From Korcula bay you can hop aboard a boat and enjoy a scenic ride to the neighbouring islands of Brac, Hvar, Mljet, Solta or Vis. Sail on crystalline waters to secluded coves and bays that offer a perfect location for swimming and sunbathing. Once you arrive at your chosen destination, you can explore the island at your leisure. If you’ve packed a picnic you’ll easily find an idyllic spot where you can stop for lunch.

Restaurants in Korcula

  • Konoba Belin

    Konoba Belin

    To enjoy a typical Korcula welcome, and food that is traditionally Croatian, reserve a table at Konoba Belin. The tavern style family-run restaurant features large, rustic wooden tables and benches arranged under a canopy of vines. From the terrace you can enjoy spectacular scenic views while you tuck into a hearty lunch. Make sure you order the most popular dishes on the menu – peka and squid risotto – if you want to feast like a local.

  • Restaurant Filippi

    Restaurant Filippi

    Locally known as Zakerjan, Restaurant Filippi is situated in a prime spot on the water’s edge. When you dine alfresco under a shady tree, you can admire the stunning views of the Peljesac channel. If you appreciate a good wine, enjoy a glass of the locally produced Grk while you contemplate the menu. Choose from a selection of modern classically Dalmatian inspired dishes, fresh seafood, fish and meat main courses, artisan pasta and vegetarian options.

  • Restaurant Nonno

    Restaurant Nonno

    Take a stroll along Korcula’s picturesque promenade to the stylish and chic Restaurant Nonno. The modern restaurant is spacious and airy, and also has a large canopied terrace where you can feast your eyes on the stunning seascape during lunch or dinner. The Mediterranean cuisine is colourful and flavoursome and elegantly presented. Dine on fresh seafood, fish, meat, pasta, or salad. If you’re something of a picky eater, perhaps traditional style pizza will tempt you.

Hotels in Korcula